Applications have been thoroughly scrutinised and the results are now in as to which lucky charities will be championed by their local KM newspaper in 2020.
Nominations came flooding in over September and October from good causes vying for KM Charity of the Year status. And finally editors leading every aspect of the KM Group – from newspaper, internet, TV and radio – have revealed their chosen charities.
Three of the organisations are making repeat appearances with Kent Association for the Blind being named charity of the year for both the Ashford and the Folkestone and Hythe Express newspapers. The cause was also charity of the year for Kent Online, kmfm and KMTV in 2017.
Citizens Advice Swale will be trumpeted in the Sheerness Times Guardian and the Sittingbourne News Extra papers.
And the editors of the Kentish Gazette, KentOnline, kmfm and KMTV have chosen The Aspinal Foundation.
Plus Medway Messenger has once again picked Abigail’s Footsteps to champion for 12 months; the last time was five years ago in 2015.
KM Charity of the Year runs for the calendar year and so each cause will meet their editor pre-Christmas to start planning press coverage for 2020.
Before this, the causes will be briefed at the offices of the KM Charity Team – which administrates the application process – and advised on how to make the most of the opportunity.
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KM Charity of the Year 2020 selected causes
Ashford (Kentish Express): Kent Association for the Blind
Canterbury District (Kentish Gazette): The Aspinal Foundation
Deal, Dover (East Kent Mercury): Martha Trust
Dartford, Gravesend (Messenger): YMCA Thames Gateway
Folkestone & Hythe Express: Kent Association for the Blind
Maidstone (Kent Messenger): Friends of Five Acre Wood School
Medway Towns (Medway Messenger): Abigail’s Footsteps
Sheerness Times Guardian: Citizens Advice Swale
Sittingbourne News Extra: Citizens Advice Swale
Thanet Extra: Age UK Thanet
Kent Online / kmfm / KMTV: The Aspinal Foundation